Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no 351 on 16 October 2020

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Big proposed shake-ups in broadcast regulation in Nigeria and South Africa – the spillover may create change in other countries

16 October 2020

After rumbling sounds for many years, continental pay TV operator MultiChoice finds itself in the sights of legislators and broadcasters in Sub-Saharan Africa’s two biggest markets, Nigeria and South Africa. Russell Southwood looks at what’s being proposed. Nigerians have long held a beef against pay TV operator Multichoice and popular feeling against it has led to both legislative and regulatory interest. Last week MultiChoice’s CEO was up before a panel of Nigerian legislators who were investigating the pay TV sector in the country. The legislators were interested in why there was no ‘pay-as-you-go’ model for pay TV: the advantages of…